internetspeak 101: research vs. in-depth research

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HAVE YOU READ AN AN­SWER ON QUORA or a com­ment on Face­book or a whole damn ar­ticle on some­one’s blog where they as­sure you that “I have done the re­search” but somehow manage to get all the per­ti­nent facts wrong? That is be­cause there are dif­ferent de­f­i­n­i­tions for terms on the in­ternet than every­where else.

Here, for ex­ample, are the working de­f­i­n­i­tions for normal re­search and in-depth re­search on the world wide web:

Research

I did a careful search of key words in every ar­ticle on the first page of Google that had a title or meta de­scrip­tion that looked like it agreed with my opinion.

In-depth research

I did a careful search of key words in every ar­ticle on the first two pages of Google that had a title or meta de­scrip­tion that looked like it agreed with my opinion.

 

In-Depth Research: cartoon by Michael de Adder of The Washington Post about Hunter Biden's laptop.

FEA­TURED IMAGE: For the image at the top of this page, I chose Hunter Biden’s laptop as it seems to hold an al­most vice-like grip on the imag­i­na­tion of mil­lions of people who may not re­ally have any imag­i­na­tion short of what cer­tain types of media sug­gest to them. Car­toon above by Michael de Adder for The Wash­ington Post.

 


 

2 thoughts on “internetspeak 101: research vs. in-depth research”

    • The spread of mis­in­for­ma­tion (non-factual “in­for­ma­tion” dis­sem­i­nated un­in­ten­tion­ally) is every­where! De­spite seeing it over and over and over, I am still dumb­struck when I read people an­swer ques­tions on so­cial media with grace and au­thority when it’s ob­vious from their an­swers that they are bor­der­line clue­less about the topic on which they speak “ex­pertly.”

      Being a BIG Elvis fan, I can re­port that there has been a rather large in­flux of ex­perts on the man and his ca­reer. Their re­search? They watched Baz Luhrman’s Elvis movie. Twice!

      Dunning-Kruger lives on (and one and on ...) ...

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